Usually our team is infatuated with the Central London and the private dining rooms within it. However, Private Dining London occasionally venture to the outskirts where we feel a trip is worthwhile and this time, we certainly were not disappointed in visiting Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 and the delight that is Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen…
The Private Dining London team started by meeting the lovely Isabella Magro from the Hilton team for the tour. Upon approach the hotel looks grand, open and light with some surrounding greenery which, as one of the airport hotels, came as a welcoming surprise to us.
Downstairs holds the reception, River Bar, Lobby and Spa which we soon passed to find our interest – their Anise Boardroom which can be transformed into a Private Dining Room. Rather corporate as expected but bright, well equipped and a lovely long table for 18 guests maximum. We soon find that there are so many sections to the hotel that can be sectioned off for groups of diners or drinkers and with the recent refurbishment everything seems fresh and new with the open feel spreading throughout.
Soon we entered the main function space, The Gallery Rooms which we were told could hold 800 guests, and what a large space it was which we imagine gives events the perfect backdrop for weddings, gala dinners and conferences. Private Dining London’s favourite feature is in the detail - the chandeliers retract and drop to suit the client’s preferences. If you have over 200 + guests for your wedding or event, this is the ideal venue for capacity.
As we approached Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen I was surprised by the style and décor which is so different from the Hotel Style that we had already experienced. The trinkets and antiques reflect the 1950-1980s Indian inspiration. The welcome by the staff was attentive, friendly and courteous, everything I like to see in a restaurant reception. The main room consists of the same style, an open kitchen and in the middle is Roy, the large wooden elephant centrepiece! We dined from the Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen Menu, a 5 course pan-asian dining experience with the first 3 courses served in separate plates, the main course in sharing bowls and the desserts individually presented. All of the food was spectacular and the range of meats, flavours and ingredients used really did give us a varied taste of Indian cuisine. The plus side of the menu was the opportunity to try something new and unusual. The down side was there was just far too much. OK, we will change that to a plus. Private Dining London favourites were the prawn main dish and the lamb starter, both quite spicy which is how I like my Indian food. The rose flavoured Kulfi finished the palate well and left me feeling fully inspired by Mr Todiwala’s cooking.
Isabella was great company, the hotel interior a surprise and Mr Todiwala’s we would definitely return to. We are excited the Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen can also be privately hired for up to 75 guests and with Roy the elephant as the centre piece we are sure our Heathrow and Surrey clients will love it!
Natalie Ellen Cobb, Private Dining London